POOR QUALITY REPLACEMENT PARTS: YOU’RE WARNED
I am an avid classic Mini fan, and have owned numerous models since the 1970s. I’ve repaired, maintained and refurbished all types along the way, and found that back in the day, when parts needed replacing, it was a simple case of visiting the nearest Leyland dealership to source genuine parts. You could purchase the part, fit it yourself, and it would give you years of trouble-free service.
How things have changed. And not for the better. Two years ago, my friend and I restored a 1973 Clubman, and when the car was up and running, it sailed through its MoT. The euphoria didn’t last long – three weeks later, the nearside front wheelbearing broke in half. When I told my supplier, he was of the opinion that the bearing had been overtightened when fitted. As a qualified Mini specialist had fitted it, this was highly unlikely.
Around seven months later, the replacement bearing failed. After speaking to the same supplier, I was fobbed off with the same answer, without any offer of compensation or replacement. Six months later, the offside front bearing then failed after the cage disintegrated. This was then replaced with a new bearing, from a different supplier, and that failed shortly afterwards. It’s now been on the road for two years, and is on its third set of bearings!
The dangers of poor substitute parts is a situation that needs highlighting, and if it continues unchecked, one day soon, many older classics will disappear from our roads because of them. D Eccles, Clayton-le-Woods, Lancashire
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